Zach MinersU.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

Zach Miners covers social networking, search, and general technology news for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

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WhatsApp not as open as Messenger to outside developers

WhatsApp has no immediate plans to offer APIs to outside developers, its cofounder said

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How Messenger chats factor into what you see in Facebook's News Feed

Engineers shed light on Facebook's ranking algorithm during a talk at F8.

Facebook extends Parse to support Internet of Things apps

Facebook steps into the connected-home arena

The social networking company extends Parse, a collection of back-end development tools, outside developers to build apps that interface with connected-home devices such as garage-door openers.

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Google said to prep billing payment service for Gmail

The Google Gmail Pony Express bill-paying service could yield valuable e-commerce activity data for Google, and add another free convenience to users.

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Twitter tests videos that play automatically

Users of the company's iOS apps in the U.S. may start seeing the videos.

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Twitch hit by possible data breach, resets user passwords

Twitch is recommending users also change their passwords on other sites

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Facebook Messenger as a platform? It's a gamble

Facebook is reportedly going to announce at its F8 conference that Messenger will be open to third party developers

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Leaked US antitrust report on Google adds weight to rivals' complaints

Google inflated rankings for its own services and scraped other companies' content, the report says

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Yahoo exits China, closing R&D center

The company reportedly is laying off between 200 and 300 workers

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Feds fine Verizon $3.4 million over 911 service outage issues

750,000 California residents were unable to call 911 during an outage last year, the FCC said

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Marketers can now target the 92 million expats on Facebook

Facebook's ad technology now lets marketers target expats specifically

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Facebook brings payments to Messenger app

Users can link their debit card and send money through the app, which Facebook makes users use for person-to-person chatting.

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Twitter adds tool to report tweets to the police

The tool gives users an emailed summary report they can forward to law enforcement.

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What, me worry? Despite Snowden leaks, Americans' use of the 'Net largely unchanged

In light of broad government snooping, many people aren't even aware of privacy tools like Tor or encryption

Twitter bans revenge porn and stolen nude photos

Users posting such content will have their accounts locked, the company said.